OUR TEACHERS

JESS LE CLERC

Jess is the principal & founder of Art School Co. She is passionate about teaching others how to find their own voice and creativity through imagination and fine art.

Jess has been teaching art for 20 years and has her own artistic practice outside of teaching.

She has been a finalist in some of Australia’s most prestigious portraiture prizes including the Archiblad Prize, the Shirley Hannan Art Award, the Lester Prize, the Brisbane Portrait Prize, the Percival Portrait Prize and many more. 

Jess and her husband Dylan run the Art School Co. while raising their 4 amazing kids.

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LAUREN HORTON

Lauren has been teaching art at Art School Co. for the past five years. She brings over twenty years of experience working in various creative industries.

Lauren studied fine art at USC and then completed her Bachelor of Screen Production at the Queensland College of Art.

With a personal love for colour use, design and composition, La loves helping people use learned techniques and skills to develop their own style.

She lives with her husband, Shane and three spirited daughters.

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CALLUM O'SHEA

Callum has been teaching art since 2016 and has been amongst all things creative for 15+ years. Callum has a background in graphic design/marketing and is a tattoo enthusiast. His mediums of choice are watercolours, coloured pencils, pen illustrations and grey lead.

Callum’s biggest passion is to connect with people and help them find comfort in their own creativity as well as having a really good time! He’s usually the one dancing or having a laugh with our students…

Callum is also a personal trainer and is married to Ella.

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RACHELLE KAVANAGH

Rachelle has a Bachelor of Teaching and a Masters Degree in Education majoring in Leadership & Management. Her passion is children reaching their potential and having the self confidence and skills to do whatever they want to in life.

Rachelle has been an artist in her own right for many years and a weekly student at our art school for the last 5 years.

She is married to Ben and Mum to Charlie & Aubrey.

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CAITLIN JEFFS

Caitlin has worked at the art school and has been a part of classes for the last 5 years.

Beginning teaching at 16 years old she has grown with the school in her art practice. She undertook 6 months of studying Fine Art at QCOA, however found the skills she wanted to learn weren’t as practical as the technical ability she had already gained through the school.

Caitlin is passionate about all people believing in themselves creatively & giving people the tools to be able to create what they love. She believes the beautiful vulnerability found in making art helps people to better understand themselves.

Caitlin is also an artistic Barista & is married to the very attractive Bailey.

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CASSI SKINNER

Cassi is a wife, mum and lover of all things creative. With a chef for a dad and an art teacher for a mum, its no surprise that she is a passionate foodie and artist!

Her background is in Graphic Design but Cassi loves working in a variety of fine art mediums (her favourites include charcoal, coloured pencils & oil paint…. but also ink, watercolour & grey lead).

As a teacher, Cassi loves the chance to guide people through the artistic process. She believes the journey of an artwork is equally as important as the finished result and desires to help each student enjoy the learning experience as much as possible.

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GRACE BENTLEY

With a Fine Arts degree & over 10 years of filmmaking experience at her back, Grace is passionate about bringing visual stories to life – whether it be with a camera, sewing machine or canvas. She really takes the whole ‘Makers Gonna Make’ motto to heart & her hands are always itching to dive into a new project.

Grace has been an active student of the Art School Co. for a number of years, before deciding to saddle this with a teaching role – bringing with her a unique perspective on art, and a passion for empowering others to keep on creating! Grace mainly works alongside Rachelle teaching our incredible Primary and Homeschool Students and sometimes teaches in the Adult & Highschool classes.

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SHYANNE CLARKE

Shyanne studied graphic design at CATC and has 10+ years professional experience as a textile designer + illustrator. Her favourite fine art mediums are …. ALL of them!

She especially loves creating mixed media abstracts, collages + charcoal illustrations. 

As a teacher, Shyanne loves witnessing the moment someone creates something they didn’t know they could after learning the tools of fine art. Supporting people in their creative life journey is her passion. 

She is married to her husband Jess and Mum to Connor + Alana. She also loves palm trees. 

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